Discovery Days: Dark Skies

Discovery Days: Dark SkiesJoin us and special guest experts in this one-of-a-kind celebration of astronomy and space exploration, happening August 17th. Learn the best ways to catch the Perseids and other meteor showers, explore the patterns in our night sky, and make-and-take-home a constellation viewer! Learn about dark sky reserves with Parks Canada, and meet astronomer John A. Read, author of 50 Things to See with Telescope: A Young Stargazer’s Guide.

When: August 17th
Time: 10am to 4pm

This event is included in the price of admission.




John Read

John A. Read’s journey into astronomy began with a small and rickety telescope purchased at the local pharmacy. He was fascinated that it was possible to observe the moon and Saturn with its rings with such meager equipment. He knew he had to share these views with others. After writing his first book, 50 Things to See with a Small Telescope, John retired from his career in corporate finance. John is now a telescope operator at the Burke-Gaffney Observatory, sits on the board of directors at the Halifax Centre of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and is studying astrophysics at Saint Mary’s University. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

John A. Read covers everything needed to identify constellations, planets, stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Inquisitive stargazers will find planet hunting and star hopping easy with clearly plotted routes and images of the sky both as seen by the naked eye and detailed views from a telescope.

Many fascinating cosmic objects can be easily spotted with the help of this book including beautiful Cassiopeia, regal Leo, the plentiful Kemble’s Cascade, the explosive Crab Nebula, the rings of Saturn — even the moon!

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